Applications Open for the free Crowdfunding Academy

Apr 23, 2015

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UNDP and Brodoto invite you to learn how to create and manage a successful crowdfunding campaign

ZAGREB, 23 April, 2015 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and social enterprise BRODOTO are organizing the Crowdfunding Academy and therefore are inviting associations, cooperatives, municipalities and cities, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, craftsmen and all citizens with interesting and innovative projects to apply for free education on crowdfunding by May 15, 2015. 

Ten teams selected in the competition will, from 30 May to early September 2015, with the support of mentors and crowdfunding professionals develop their projects and prepare for managing their own crowdfunding campaigns. Teams that will successfully complete the program of the Crowdfunding Academy will in the autumn get the support for the joint launch of the campaigns on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo whose experts will also help shape the campaigns. 

Crowdfunding or group financing of projects is a trend in the world that for several years shows no signs of slackening. It is estimated that in the past year through various crowdfunding platforms was raised over USD 16 billion, while the World Bank estimates say that by 2025 this amount will grow to over USD 100 billion. 

"The Crowdfunding Academy is a great opportunity for all who those who have interesting ideas and projects, but they lack the initial funds for their realization. We are looking for innovative projects, especially in the field of environmental protection and renewable energy resources, hardware and software solutions, raising awareness about the prevention of the risk of flooding and extreme weather conditions, education, social entrepreneurship and social inclusion,” said Robert Pašičko from UNDP. 

The idea of Crowdfunding Academy was inspired by the success of crowdfunding campaign for the energy independent Ostrog Primary school in Kastel Luksic, where the UNDP in cooperation with the Energy Cooperative Kastela, through a web platform Indiegogo collected USD 10,000 which encouraged other actors to engage and invest a total of over HRK 800,000 in the energy reconstruction of the school and the construction of solar power plant. 

As part of the program of the Crowdfunding Academy, in September 2015 will be held a crowdfunding conference, at which representatives of the IndieGoGo, foreign and local experts, investors and managers of successful campaigns will present their experiences and successful domestic and international crowdfunding campaign. 

The Crowdfunding Academy is supported by the Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator (ZIP), the Croatian Business Angel Network (CRANE), Development Agency Zagreb, Zagreb Technology Park, Croatian Independent Software Exporters (CISEx), How to get funded (H2GF), the Cooperative for ethical finance (ZEF ), the Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ), OMBOTICS, Hardware Wednesday and the Academy for Political Development (APR).

More information about Crowdfunding Academy is available at www.crowdfundingacademy.eu and the Facebook page Crowdfunding Academy

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* BRODOTO is a social enterprise for accelerating positive social change. By applying technology, design and marketing, it empowers citizens, promotes civil initiatives and increases corporate social responsibility. BRODOTO is currently working on the development of the Croatian philanthropic crowdfunding platform.